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'The Spear' case postponed

The trial of the two men accused of defacing the controversial "The Spear" painting has been postponed.

Barend le Grange (58) leaves the Rosebank Police Station on 23 May 2012 after being arrested for defacing 'The Spear'. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The trial of the two men accused of defacing the controversial "The Spear" painting has been postponed.

The defence asked for a postponement to make representations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) about why the charges should be dropped.

Barend la Grange and Louis Mabokela were arrested in May after smearing red and black paint on Brett Murray's picture, which depicted President Jacob Zuma with his genitalia exposed.

About a dozen supporters of Zuma sang struggle songs outside the Hillbrow Magistrates Court as the duo made their brief appearance.

The case was postponed to 2 October for the accused to make representations to the director of public prosecutions and the Goodman Gallery.

This is an attempt to have the charges of malicious damage to property dropped.

Outside court, Mabokela insisted the painting was an insult to Zuma and the nation.

Meanwhile, another artwork of Zuma with his genitals exposed is currently on display at a Cape Town gallery.

Ayanda Mabulu's painting shows Zuma in his traditional attire with his genitals exposed.

The artist has defended the portrait, arguing it is not meant to disrespect the president.

The ANC has slammed the painting, saying it is disrespectful.